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10 Days to go for CAT 2019: Last minute preparation tips - It is normally said that the last lap of a race is very important. Similarly, the last few days before the exam are very critical. Now that just 10 days are left for CAT 2019, candidates must be aware of the last minute preparation tips. It is during this last phase that one needs to pull up their socks and give their best so that they can ease through the exam without any difficulty. As part of last minute preparation tips with only 10 days for CAT, candidates must remain stress free, take the mock tests, do not take up any new topic. At this stage, candidates who will appear for CAT, they should not panic, keeping your cool will help you focus better and crack the exam. At this eleventh hour here are some tips and guidance by the CAT toppers as they share their examination strategies and on how to proceed. Read the full article to know all about last minute preparation tips as only 10 days are left for CAT 2019.Latest: CAT 2019 result will be declared on January 6, 2020.
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Don’t Stress Yourself
With just a few days left for CAT 2019, don’t have a lot on your plate. Keep your motivation level high of entering into desired B-school. You just need to brush the concepts that you have studied. Don’t touch any new areas. Manaswi who bagged 9.14 percentile in CAT 2018 shares his strategy by stating that “CAT not only checks your exam knowledge, but also your mental strength, and how you can handle exam day stress. So, I had a plan prepared for the last seven days in advance. This was the idea of my teacher, and according to the plan I took my last mock on November 20, and in the last four days, I didn't study. Just played my FIFA games (after 11 months), watched a few sitcoms, and read a book. These worked wonders! I was extremely calm on November 25, and remarkably it was unprecedented.”
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Practise Easy Mocks
As it is said, practice makes a man perfect, don’t stop practicing through mocks. Make sure you give mock as per the exam pattern of CAT 2019. Make yourself sit for three hours and practice to manage time and sections accordingly. With more practice there are fewer chances of making errors. Remember while practicing having a competitive mind is good however, don’t stress yourself over making mistakes.
Continue Reading Editorials
As the final D-day is approaching make sure you read editorials every day. Reading editorials from newspapers like The Hindu, help one cover diverse areas which help in shaping the reader's point of view and importantly improving language, knowledge about current affairs and formation of sentences. Reading editorials helps you grasp a good hold on language and stay updated with the latest happenings around the world. Furthermore, as suggested by Niranjan who scored 100 percentile suggests that “To build on my VA, I bought a couple of books online, from Amazon. I utilised Arun Sharma’s book on VARC which is very detailed and has lots of questions for practice. This helped me get a good hold on VARC.”
Remember, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All”
While preparing don’t approach everybody to formulate the plans for the last days. Know what is best for yourself. As what worked for others might not work for you, which can lead to disappointments. Keep yourself energized for the D-day and don’t compare yourself or preparation level that of others. “My message for next year's candidates would be to prepare and take the exam in a positive frame of mind and without putting too much pressure on themselves. One has to work out the strategy of what works best for them, rather than trying to implement exactly the same thing that worked for someone else.”, as suggested by Amit Bikram who bagged 100 percentile in CAT 2019.
Take Care of Health- Eat Light and Healthy
While preparing for CAT 2019, eat protein rich food which helps in increasing the mental alertness. Even if you feel stressed don’t skip your meals as your brain needs the energy to work efficiently. If the intake of food is difficult for you, make sure you have smoothies or protein shakes in order not to feel fatigued while giving an exam. Most importantly, avoid eating food items like muffins, cakes, and other junk food as it takes time and energy to digest. At last, don’t forget to take good sleep don’t hop to cram a little more information by studying late nights.
Revise all Formulas and Tips
While preparing, make sure you have written important formulas and while revising just go through those formulas for quick revision. Always try to recall all the formulas before going to bed.
Catch some rays
As said “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, you must pursue your hobbies by involving in recreational activities helping in de-stressing yourself. CAT 2018 topper Mayur, who scored 99.88 percentile says that “I played badminton for a couple of hours before CAT day. It made me feel relaxed.”
As machines also shut down when it is required to be cool, similarly you should rejuvenate your inner system by performing your hobby. This helps in increasing self esteem and a chance to connect with your soul.
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For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.
There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from
IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C
if you have at least
99 percentile in CAT
also you should aim for
99+ percentile in CAT
and also keep in mind that if you score
95+ percentile in VARC Section
it will increase your chances of getting in.
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Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:
1. For Quantitative Aptitude:
2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :
3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :
Preparing in the right direction is very important for any competetive exams and mainly inportant for CAT. Firstly you need to know the syllabus for CAT and practice the topics that you are not unsure about and put more strss on them and then solve as many mock papers as possible and also go through the previous years papers of CAT and prepare in the right direction.
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Till now IIT Delhi has not released its cut-off for CAT for admission to MBA courses. According to last year's trend you should score more than 90 percentile if you belongs to general category and want to pursue MBA from IIT Delhi.
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